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U.K. Could Stay in Customs Union After Brexit, Trade Aide Says

  • Minister Hands says U.K. looking at ‘broad possibilities’
  • Prime Minister May has said membership isn’t ‘binary’
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A British government minister has raised the prospect that the U.K. could seek to stay in the customs union even after leaving the European Union, in a further sign that Prime Minister Theresa May’s team may be softening its approach to Brexit.

The government is considering keeping membership of the customs union for certain products, Trade Minister Greg Hands suggested in an interview with Bloomberg this week. He said the government is “looking at broad possibilities” for how such unions can operate, as he explained what May meant when she said in November that membership was not “binary.”